We welcome submissions from all writers, whether emerging or established. We are interested in new voices, different voices, minority voices, progressive voices; we like writing that gets you in the head as well as the gut, that has a point, that isn’t afraid.  Whether it’s fiction, poetry, essay or review, we want high-quality text, and by ‘high-quality’ we mean thoughtfully composed, a focus on words, words with impact. Think you’ve got what we want? Read on for more on how to submit, including what we do and don’t publish, and what you can do so we might just fall head-over-heels with your work.

We publish in the following streams

How to get published in Verity La

  • we accept submissions during the months of February and August
  • there is a maximum of three submissions per person during each reading period 
  • submit your best – previously unpublished – work, work that even you as the writer – or artist – is excited about
  • we don’t accept simultaneous submissions
  • we don’t have official word-limits. Hooray for us and you! But we find up to around 5000 words suits us best
  • writing for the online environment means that you’re competing against an infinite amount of other stylish and interesting sites – aim to engage your readers within seconds.  How to do this?  Do it dramatically and succinctly
  • edit your work, and edit it again, and edit it one more time; make sure that you search and destroy every typo, including punctuation errors – a misplaced apostrophe is like grit in the eye
  • include a simple covering email briefly stating your writing background so we know where you are coming from
  • it may take up to three months for us to read your work and consider it for publication. If we don’t get back to you within that time, feel free to query. Heaven knows we’re only human and work can slip through the cracks!
  • if we accept your work, it may take several more months for us to actually publish it – we apologise for this, but so much good work comes our way that we don’t want to let any of it slip between our fingers
  • of course, subscribe to the journal (which is free!) so you know what sort of work we’re into
  • one final thing: if your work does end up appearing in Verity La, please don’t engage with us about our graphic design/layout/illustration decisions – they’re a matter for us and we take our editorial independence seriously. You just bask in the glory of getting published
  • okay, here’s the real, actual, honest-to-god final thing: please follow these requirements – it make us much nicer people, which means we’ll be in a better frame of mind to read your work

Send us your wonderful wonderful work

  • via Submittable (you’ll need to sign-in, but it’ll only take a sec)



We are an artist-run initiative (creative folks doing things for themselves) and a definitely-not-for-profit project: no editor gets paid in Verity La Land. However, as a result of financial support from Australia Council for the Arts, we are able to pay our writers in 2018 – woohoo! Each piece published (excluding previously published book extracts) will receive the grand (in literary circles) sum of $100.

Behind the scenes we continue to work on how to make the journal financially sustainable in the long term. If you like what you read on this site, believe it’s important, want to see it continue, and feel that you’d like to contribute financially, please email us on, or use the Donate button on our Home page. We’d be forever grateful!

Review policy

  • To liaise with our reviews editor, Robyn Cadwallader, email:
  • we operate within the best-practice review principles as articulated by the Australian Book Review, which can be found here
  • all publishers great and small are welcome to send us books to review
  • please note, however, that sending us a book does not necessarily mean that we will run a review
  • small publishers, and self-publishers – do tell us a little about yourself, including your background and what you’re trying to achieve, so we know where you’re coming from
  • We receive many books, so please be patient with us


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